EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

Optimal Redistributive Taxation when Government’s and Agents’ Preferences Differ

Sören Blomquist and Luca Micheletto

No 1429, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo Group Munich

Abstract: Paternalism, merit goods and specific egalitarianism are concepts we sometimes meet in the literature. The thing in common is that the policy maker does not fully respect the consumer sovereignty principle and designs policies according to some other criterion than individuals’ preferences. Using the self-selection approach to tax problems developed by Stiglitz (1982) and Stern (1982), the paper provides a characterization of the properties of an optimal redistributive mixed tax scheme in the general case when the government evaluates individuals’ well-being using a different utility function than the one maximized by private agents.

Keywords: optimal taxation; behavioral economics; paternalism; merit goods; non-welfarism (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-pbe and nep-pub
Date: 2005
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (12) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
http://www.cesifo-group.de/DocDL/cesifo1_wp1429.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
Journal Article: Optimal redistributive taxation when government's and agents' preferences differ (2006) Downloads
Working Paper: Optimal Redistributive Taxation when Government’s and Agents’ Preferences Differ (2005) Downloads
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:ces:ceswps:_1429

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo Group Munich Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Klaus Wohlrabe ().

 
Page updated 2019-04-19
Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_1429